Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Exodus 16 "Manna"

Exodus 16:15 "And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat."

Manna means 'what is this?'

Psalm 78:24-31 "And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: and He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel."

It is sad that the miracles are so soon forgotten. Israel murmurs again. It has been a little over a month and they are wishing they had stayed in Egypt. The slavery with all its pain is forgotten and they remember only the flesh pots and bread to the full, as they remember it. Moses reminded them that they murmured against God and not him. God gave them bread from heaven and indeed it is called angels food in Psalm but they apparently were not satisfied with enough. In verse 31 of Psalm 78 we see that some were fat, so there was not a starvation going on. It was lust.

The manna was to be gathered fresh each day except for the sixth day when enough was to be gathered for the seventh. If they tried to gather a supply it ruined. They were commanded to rest on the seventh.

Since they were lusting for meat God sent it by the wind and it fell in their midst but they were judged for their lust.

The children of Israel ate manna for 40 years v35 until they came to Canaan.

Disbelief and complaining was why Israel had to wonder in the wilderness instead of going directly into Canaan.

Psalm 147:6 "The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground."

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